Open your mouth for the mute, For the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy. (Proverbs 31:8)
Anthony first met Maggie “Mama” Gobran in Mokattam — Cairo’s main garbage dump. His Christian family came there after radical Islamists burned their home, destroying everything they owned. It was amid the crumbling dwellings and rubbish-laden carts pulled by emaciated donkeys that Anthony met Mama. The lady in white was like an angel, showing him something he had no idea existed. Forgiveness. Dignity. Hope.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Maggie Gobran, now known as the Mother Teresa of Cairo, was once Professor of Computer Science at the American University in Cairo. She was married and living an affluent life in Egypt.
Then, in her thirties, Ms. Gobran’s life changed from self to selfless when God called on her to start Stephen’s Children (named after Christianity’s first martyr) and improve the lives of constantly harassed Christian (and impoverished Muslim and Bahá’í) children and families living in the impoverished communities of Cairo and Upper Egypt.
In this broken country, “God has truly blessed and given us more than we have hoped for or imagined… My prayer,” she says, “is that God will continue to draw us closer to Him through thousands of more children who still need the love of Jesus Christ.”
Ms. Gobran’s mission is not unique. Thankfully, special people in our BCBC congregation are traveling a similar path. But in the world of middle east politics, where hatred and violence always seem to trump compassion and hope, Mama’s story is important to tell.
Mama Maggie: The Untold Story of One Woman’s Mission to Love the Forgotten Children of Egypt’s Garbage Slums chronicles this amazing women’s pilgrimage to bring hope to those who are marginalized and living in the deepest depths of poverty.
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